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Alveda King discusses pro-life movement Alizah Thornton NEWS EDITOR

CLARION, Pa. - Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights activist, presented a lecture titled “The True Meaning of the Dream” to more than 400 Clarion University students and faculty on Monday, April 8. Throughout the presentation, King discussed her opinion on topics such as abortion, birth control and Planned Parenthood. She opened the presentation by providing an overview of the legacy of her family including the role her late uncle Martin Luther King, Jr. and her father Alfred Daniels Williams King played her in life growing up. King said she sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights movement. This year marks the anniversary of a number of civil rights events in American history. This year marks the 150th anniversary of when the Emancipation Proclamation written by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln took effect in 1863, the 50th anniversa-

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Civil rights activist Alveda King discusses her views on the pro-life movement and her family legacy. ry of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech given in 1963 and the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. As a result of those events, African-Americans and women gained civil rights liberties that the groups challenged

in American society. King shared her experiences with having two abortions and a miscarriage when she was young. King said she believes a woman has a right to choose what she does with her body, but “the baby is not her body,” she said. “Where’s the lawyer for the baby?”

King openly expressed her views against abortion and same-sex marriage, the use of birth control as opposed to abstinence and organizations like Planned Parenthood, who she said she believes targets services to individuals with in low-income as well as high school and college students.

During the question-andanswer session with the audience, King answered questions written by members of the audience regarding her presentation. The questions expressed the audience members’ agreement or disagreement with the information King discussed in her presentation.

Despite differing opinions among some individuals, King said that is one of the reasons she chooses to speak at colleges. “I enjoying speaking at colleges because college students are honest and open about their questions,” King said. “Students want truthful answers. They are uninhibited with [what] they ask,” she said. King said she enjoyed speaking at Clarion. “It was encouraging to see such a large audience they had to bring in more chairs,” King said. Thomas McConnell, Students for Life president, said he was “very satisfied” with the turnout of the event. McConnell said he felt it was appropriate to bring King to the university with the anniversary of the three civil rights moments in history. “We wanted to bring a different perspective on the pro-life movement,” he said. The event was co-sponsored by the Minority Student Services, Muslim Student Association, the Newman Club and Catholic Campus Ministry.

PASSHE announces Incoming students to decide business plan finalists placement in English 110/111 courses HARRISBURG, Pa.– Two Clarion University students are finalists in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Student Business Plan competition. Jared Gilmore and Zachery Padasak’s created their business G&P Plastics. More than 200 student teams entered business plans in the competition. The competition, designed to provide student entrepreneurs a real-world opportunity to pitch their original business plans and to win funds to assist in the start-up of their businesses, will culminate April 15 with an awards ceremony at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pa. The first-place winner will receive $10,000; second place, $5,000; and third-place, $2,500. The competition is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, F&M Trust, PNC Bank, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and JP Morgan and is partially funded by a Keystone Innovation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Students from the 14 PASSHE universities were invited to participate in the com-

petition in the fall. A total of 210 student teams submitted their business ideas. Fifty-nine teams submitted full business venture profiles, from which 21 semi-finalists were initially selected. The entries have been narrowed down to seven finalists. The other finalists with their project titles are: by Paul Rosa and Sean Roth from Bloomsburg University; One Touch by James Palanza from California University; Integrative Wildlife Forensics by Thomas Rounsville Jr. from East Stroudsburg University ;Dorm Discount (.com) by Krutarth Patel from Indiana University; Eden Studios by Olusegun Adegboyega Edun from Shippensburg University; and Vacation Rent-A-Sitter by Jenna Worley from Shippensburg University Judges for this year’s competition are Michael Gildea, president of Brain Gain, LLC; Pam Martin, director of the South Central Region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; David Dentler, board member, Pennsylvania State Employee Credit Union; Finesse Cobb, vice president of APP Business Solutions; and Michael March, an analyst with Osage Venture Partners.

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CLARION, Pa. - The incoming class of freshmen will get to choose which English writing class they take using a new placement system called directed self-placement. Previously students were automatically placed into English 110 or 111 based on their SAT critical reading score, said Elizabeth MacDaniel, English department chair. Students who scored above 400 were placed into English 111 and those who scored below 400 were placed into English 110. Incoming students using directed self-placement will choose which class they will enroll in during their orientation day on campus. MacDaniel said current students who have not yet taken their English requirements will stick with their current class placements. Directed self-placement allows student to make an informed decision in which English course they enroll in, said Richard

“Data has shown that students are honest with themselves, and they want to be successful.” -Richard Lane Lane, director of writing. Students will take a survey, look at their SAT critical reading score and read descriptions of each course to help determine which course is the right fit for them. MacDaniel said incoming students were sent brochures that detail the directed selfplacement process and provide descriptions of English 110 and 111. Lane said new students have been asked to take the survey on D2L before they come to the university for orientation. The survey will have statements about writing ability and comfort that students will agree or disagree with on a seven-point scale. Their responses will rate their attitudes, be-

haviors and competencies about their writing. Some examples of statements found in the survey are: “I am able to plan my thoughts before writing an essay,” or “I am not confident that I can find errors in my writing.” Students who score a 75 percent or above on the survey will be suggested to take English 111 and those who score below that will be suggested to take 110. Similarly, students who score above 450 on the critical reading section of the SAT are recommended to take English 111 and those who score below 450 will be recommended to take 110. Lane said students who are unsure of whether to take 110 and 111 even after the survey and count-




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ing in their SAT scores could contact members of the English department before and during orientation for more guidance on their decision. Directed self-placement is the best option given the situation, Lane said. Placing students based on SAT scores has shown not to be reliable and doing a timed writing test can be time-consuming and costly, he said. One question stands out when discussing directed self-placement: Why would students choose to take two English writing courses when they have the option to only take one? Lane says contrary to what seems logical, students want what is best for them and heed the suggestions in place through the survey and SAT score. “Data has shown that students are honest with themselves, and they want to be successful,” he said. “So if they choose a class, rather than are placed in it, they are happier and more confident.”

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T.E.S.T. series begins Rhanisha Tillman-Hill STAFF WRITER

CLARION, Pa. - Each year the Teachers Education Student Advisory Council hosts the Tomorrow’s Educators Start Today series. The goal of the T.E.S.T series held each year is to provide professional development to students in the Education and Human Services department and for students who seek professional development in fields dealing with children in school settings (coaches, librarian, etc.) The series is held each year between March and April and features keynote speakers on topics covered in education courses. Students are able to attend four sessions over four weeks, and students who attend three of the four sessions are rewarded with a certificate of completion. This year’s theme for the T.E.S.T series is “Why Teach?” and sessions will cover topics in Special Education-Inclusion, hiring/ interview process, school unions and common care. Usually the series is sponsored by TESAC, but this year the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi participated and co-sponsored the event. On Monday, April 8, the first session of the series was held on the topic of special education-inclusion by presenter Amy Love. Love has a doctorate in special education with a minor in educational psychology. She has experience working with students that have known disabilities and students with undocumented disabilities. Love is a full-time faculty member in the Special Education, Rehabilitation and Human Services Department. Love actively presents

at regional and national conferences on the topics such as literacy knowledge of teachers, implementation of response to intervention and meeting the needs of diverse learners. In 1975, Public Law 94-142 stated that in order for schools to receive federal funds, they must provide children with disabilities free appropriate public education. Love said that the U.S. is one of the only countries that educates the “whole,” which includes children with handicaps. When math and science test scores of other countries are compared to the U.S., Love said “It’s like comparing apples and oranges” because they are not educating the whole. With more than 80 percent of disabled students learning in settings with non-disabled students in Pennsylvania, there is a need for teachers to have the ability to teach both students with and without disabilities. In the state of Pennsylvania, all students studying education are required to take three special education courses. Love’s presentation was titled “Empirically Supported Teaching Behavior and Instructed Strategies: What teacher’s can do to increase student achievement and promote successful inclusion.” Love explained how some students without disabilities attend schools with eight periods in a day and can only learn seven points in one day. For students with disabilities such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism and learning disabilities, these seven points are compromised and can cause students to become disengaged and unsuccessful. A solution presented

for this problem would be to have students’ master concepts and use tools such as content organizers, non-linguistic representations and semantic mapping. During her presentation, Love emphasized the benefits of practicing in the classroom to commit concepts to long term memory of students. Love also talked about strategies on increasing engagement to promote high levels of success. In an average grade school classroom, 58 percent of time is spent on academic activity while the remaining 42 percent is spent on non-instructional/non-academic activities. Love said she encourages the engagement of students with a brisk pace and rapid correct response to promote student success in the classroom. “Students learn just as much from what they do wrong as they do from what they do right,” Love said. For teachers it is important to reinforce effort and provide recognition to the students as well as set objectives and give feed back. A tip she gave students was to make instruction explicit by making students aware of the expectations of the lesson, and also cover more content by going more in depth on topics. “Be grateful to be able to teach in a nation that teaches the whole, we don’t pick and choose, we teach the population,” Love said. The next T.E.S.T series session will be held on Monday, April 15, on the hiring/interviewing process. TESAC president Brittany Hacker encourages all students who will be working in settings with school students to attend.

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Pa. Senate bids to limit abortion health care coverage AP EXCHANGE

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State senators are renewing an effort to ban coverage of elective abortions by insurance policies that are offered in Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace that begins in 2014. The bill passed the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday on an 8-to-5 vote. However, the insurance policies must include coverage for treatment of any post-abortion complication or any miscarriage or com-

plication related to a miscarriage. A similar bill is pending in the House. Similar bills passed both the House and Senate in the two-year legislative session that ended Nov. 30, but the bills died after the chambers didn’t resolve differences in them. The landmark 2010 federal health care law creates the insurance marketplaces to help small businesses and individuals buy coverage. Someone could still buy supplemental abortion coverage outside the marketplace.


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Man caught in teen-kidnapping case AP EXCHANGE

CLARION, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania man accused of kidnapping a 13-yearold girl and taking her to South Dakota has been indicted by a federal grand jury, authorities said. U.S. Attorney David Hickton said Tuesday that a grand jury in Pittsburgh had indicted 31-year-old Joshua Baker, of Leeper, on federal counts of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron on Monday announced state charges of kidnapping a minor and interfering with custody, alleging Baker left with the girl in the middle of the night March 28. Authorities said the kidnapping charge applies because of the girl’s age, whether or not she consented to go with Baker. Aaron alleged at a news conference Monday that Baker was running away from his wife and was in a relationship with the girl. Online court records don’t list an attorney for

Consultants discuss W. Pa. hospital merger AP EXCHANGE

PITTSBURGH— Highmark Inc.’s planned $475 million takeover of the financially struggling West Penn Allegheny Health System could potentially benefit consumers, but isn’t without financial risks, two consultants hired by state regulators to vet the deal reported. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department on Monday released the reports by Compass Lexicon of Chicago and the Blackstone Group of New York. The Blackstone Group was hired to study the deal’s impact on Highmark’s finances and its insurance customers, while Compass Lexicon reviewed the impact the deal could have on the public. Margaret Guerin-Calvert, a senior consultant with Compass Lexicon, concluded there is a “reasonable economic basis” to believe the public would see improved delivery of care, a slower growth of health care costs, and more competition if the deal goes through. But she also determined there is “substantial uncertainty” about Highmark’s projections that it can shift enough patients from the competing University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to turn around West Penn Allegheny’s fortunes. Highmark is the state’s largest health insurer and hopes the deal will make West Penn’s five Pittsburgh-area hospitals the hub of a health system that

could compete with UPMC, which has more than 20 hospitals as the dominant health provider in western Pennsylvania. The deal also requires Highmark to pay West Penn bondholders $635 million, making its investment $1.1 billion. Despite that, Blackstone determined the proposed parent organization for the Highmark-West Penn merger would have about $327 million in assets and more than $80 million in capital and “as such, appears well capitalized and is unlikely to jeopardize Highmark’s financial stability.” The Blackstone analysis suggested, however, that Highmark customers will bear the “primary cost” of the transaction with uncertainty about how much they might save from increased competition. The report suggests regulators may want to require that executive compensation be tied to how the deal benefits Highmark’s policyholders. Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger said the findings “affirm our judgment” that the merger is good for the community, and West Penn spokeswoman Kelly Sorice said the hospital network was “encouraged by the conclusions.” The insurance department is taking public comment on the deal through April 19, 11 days before Highmark’s acquisition agreement with West Penn expires.

Baker, who was jailed in South Dakota on the charges filed in Clarion County, about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Baker is the cousin of the girl’s mother’s fiancee, Aaron said. Baker was arrested in Martin, S.D., on Saturday, two days after a store clerk saw Baker and the girl and called police. The clerk, Sarah Peters, works for Budget Optical and reported an encounter she had with Baker and the girl inside the store on Thursday. Baker told Peters that the girl was his sister,

even though they were holding hands, the clerk told the Rapid City Journal newspaper. “I had a gut feeling that something was wrong,” said Peters, whose own daughter is 14. “My mom’s instincts took over.” Another employee left the shop to write down the license plate number on Baker’s car, and that evening Peters went on the Internet and found a notice that the girl had disappeared from her home last month. Peters then called the police in Rapid City, S.D., and in Clarion.

Rapid City police said they put together a sting operation, hoping to catch Baker when he took the girl back for an appointment at the eyeglasses store on Friday but he and the girl never showed. Instead, police in Martin, S.D., spotted the car at a Dairy Queen on Saturday and arrested Baker. Authorities in Pennsylvania said they believe Baker left his wife after taking her to a local car dealership hours before the girl disappeared. Baker’s wife told police that some of his clothes,

a video game system, a rifle, crossbow and guitars were gone and he left a note saying he intended to get a divorce. The girl’s friends also told police she had mentioned dating a 31-yearold man, with whom she planned to run away to Florida, Pennsylvania authorities said. The girl remained in protective custody Tuesday, and her mother issued a statement requesting privacy. The Associated Press does not generally identify people who may have been sexually abused.

Case moves forward against Penn State officials, in Sandusky cover-up Mark Scolforo AP EXCHANGE

HARRISBURG, Pa.— Three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky lost a set of rulings Tuesday, allowing their criminal cases to move forward. Judge Barry Feudale denied an attempt to throw out the grand jury report backing up the accusations and ruled against two other defense requests. As the judge who oversaw the grand jury, Feudale said he no longer has jurisdiction. Feudale said he would not have granted the defendants’ request that the charges be thrown out and emphasized that the case was out of his hands once the grand jury issued its report. But the judge did provide an analysis of the defense arguments that, he said, let him to conclude their motions lacked merit. Defendants Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy.

The three had sought to exclude the testimony of Penn State’s former general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, based on her actions as she accompanied the men to grand jury appearances in Harrisburg in early 2011. The defendants argued that Baldwin’s actions violated their right to legal counsel, but Feudale said it “strains credulity to infer that they were somehow deluded or misrepresented by attorney Baldwin.” “In hindsight, perhaps I erred in not asking follow up questions about the role of corporate counsel Baldwin,” Feudale wrote. “I regret and perhaps committed error in not asking any follow-up questions, but while I am unaware what the response would have been, I fail to discern how such would persuade me at this stage why presentments should be dismissed.” The attorney general’s office and a spokeswoman for Curley’s legal team offered no immediate comment. Lawyers for Spanier and Schultz did not immediately return phone messages. Sandusky, a retired Penn State assistant

football coach, was convicted in June of 45 sexual abuse counts. Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence, but maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals. Curley is on paid leave to finish out the final year of his contract as the school’s athletic director. Schultz has retired as the university’s vice president for business and finance. Spanier was forced out as university president the week after the other two and Sandusky were charged, but he remains a tenured faculty member. The grand jury’s report described in detail the behind-the-scenes conversations and decisions being made in late 2010 and in 2011 among the men, as Baldwin met with them after they were subpoenaed as part of the Sandusky investigation. “Each personally and directly assured her that they knew of no information or documents involving alleged misconduct or inappropriate conduct by Jerry Sandusky,” the grand jury wrote. Baldwin testified to the grand jury that Spanier “specifically requested that she keep him informed of ev-

erything regarding (the Sandusky) investigation,” the jury wrote. In November, Curley and Schultz joined together to file one motion to prevent Baldwin from taking the stand against them. The motion said Baldwin had violated attorney-client privilege by disclosing what they told her about the Sandusky matter, and that lawyers may not testify against their clients. Spanier filed a similar motion and made a similar argument. Feudale said his review of Baldwin’s testimony led him to conclude it was “circumspect and circumscribed. It was not a violation of the lawyer-client privilege, but rather was related to her belated awareness of the commission of alleged criminal acts and was in accordance with her responsibilities as an officer of the court.” Baldwin, who spent two years on the state Supreme Court, appointed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell, is also a former chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees. The university replaced her as general counsel last year.

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Sex: Start the conversation Dear Editor, If you follow the headlines, you know that child sexual abuse happens. It happens often and close to home. This reality can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented when we all play our part. By talking about healthy childhood sexual development, adults are able to support the children in their lives. When adults support age-appropriate behaviors, model healthy boundaries and speak up to other adults, they are an ally to prevention.

It’s also our job to respect children, model healthy behaviors and boundaries, and confront adults when they act in ways that are not appropriate. There is often silence and discomfort when it comes to the discussion of sexual development. It’s important to understand that this is a normal experience we all share. By opening up communication, sharing age-appropriate information with children, and educating one another — we are taking steps toward a safer community. Choose to start the conversation about healthy

childhood sexual development. Whether you are a parent, educator or community member, it’s time for you to start talking early and often to support an environment where children are safe. It’s time to talk about it! For more information on how to help victims, to get services for you, or someone you know, please contact PASSAGES, Inc., your local rape crisis center at 1-800793-3620, which serves Clarion, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties. Sincerely, Debbe Plummer, counselor advocate


Strong Democrat could beat Corbett in ‘14


FEMEN and Western imperialism

Shirley Sproule COPY EDITOR

For those of you not in the know, FEMEN is a feminist protest group based in Ukraine, that has been making headlines by nude protesting throughout Europe. Primarily a group of white, European women full of selfrighteousness, screaming their thoughts and beliefs over the protests of the actual women of color they are trying to “liberate.” FEMEN think that storming these oppressed women’s places of worship and protesting topless on their sacred buildings and grounds is a totally fine thing to do, don’t you (Muslim women) want to be saved? The answer is no; they don’t want to be saved. As is made apparent by the emergence of the Facebook group Muslim Women Against FEMEN. This group claims

that FEMEN is a group of Islamophobic imperialists and posts pictures of Muslim women holding signs saying things like “Nudity DOES NOT liberate me and I DO NOT need saving,” “you can’t liberate the free” and, my favorite, “Do I look OPPRESSED to you?!” To which Inna Shevchenko, the leader of FEMEN, replied, “They write on their posters that they don’t need liberation, but in their eyes it’s written ‘help me.’ You know, throughout history, all slaves deny they are slaves.” Sorry to disappoint you Shevchenko, but I don’t think you know what you are talking about. White Western feminists need to realize that they don’t truly know what it means to be racially oppressed minorities. We, as feminists, need to realize that in our movements we actually need to listen to the needs of the marginalized group we are trying to “help.” Muslim women don’t need saving from Muslim men by white women. Say it with me. Brown women

don’t need saving from brown men by white women (or men, or anyone.) We’re not “more civilized,” “better off,” or any of those things you think when you see a hijabi on the news or in the streets. That’s Western imperialism talking. Your culture, morals and beliefs are not universal. Not everyone would be better off with your beliefs superimposed on top of their own. Maybe I’m being naive, but when a group of women whom I deem “oppressed” adamantly tell me that they do not need saving, I listen. When a group of women tell me they don’t need, want, or even tolerate my help, I listen. I don’t steamroll over their wants and needs to impress on them my morals, my beliefs, and my rules. That sounds an awful lot like oppression to me.

Matt Knoedler STAFF WRITER

It’s far too early for people to speculate about the 2016 presidential election, whether Rand Paul or Marco Rubio can beat Hillary Clinton or Martin O’Malley. But, with a little more than one year until the primary elections and 18 months left before the general election, talking about the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election is completely fair game. With Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz announcing her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, she becomes the fourth member of her party to do so, and presently is the only female on the ballot in her party. She has a fairly distinguished record,

one that stands out above the others on the ballot. Her views, like many in her party, stand in stark contrast to that of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. This can be a good thing down the stretch for Democrats. According to a Franklin & Marshall College poll from February, Gov. Corbett has an approval rating of just 41 percent with commonwealth Republicans a mere 16 percent with commonwealth Democrats. Those numbers are the worst for a governor at this point in his term since Franklin & Marshall began keeping such records 18 years ago. Corbett just hasn’t been able to connect with the majority of Pennsylvanians in the first two years in office, and he’ll need to pull some political tricks from his sleeve if he wants a clear shot at winning re-election. Corbett’s low approval ratings and his inability to connect with voters on both sides of the aisle are just two reasons why

Democrats stand a chance at doing what is seemingly the unthinkable in a gubernatorial race: defeating the incumbent, which hasn’t been done in more than 40 years. Democrats need someone who will fund education, promote the importance of Medicaid and other similar programs and, perhaps most important, do anything they can to stop the privatization of state programs, which has been at the top of Corbett’s to-do list since taking office in 2011. Schwartz has the most name recognition at this point, but if former candidates such as Dan Onorato or Jack Wagner jump in the race, Democrats could have the advantage regardless of who wins the primary election.

The writer is a communication major and member of The Clarion Call.


What’s on Your Mind: How to win The writer is a communication major and member of The Clarion Call.

Alizah Thornton NEWS EDITOR

Life is a competition. In American society people compete for jobs, scholarships, championships and a host of other things. Most areas in life are put into a winlose perspective. I don’t believe everything has to be all or nothing. Just think about it. In relationships people often use the phrase “win the argument.” I don’t believe it is possible to “win” at everything. If one goes into an argument with the notion that he or she wants to win, it then the person will most likely have no desire to thoroughly listen to the other person’s perspective. Both individuals may not be able to come to an agreement on the issue or issues

surrounding the argument, but they should be able to walk away from the situation with an understanding of the other person’s viewpoint. This is only one example of how individuals can change their winning perspective in life. I believe there is a difference between wanting to win for the sake of winning and wanting to win to prove that one is capable of his or her potential. Sports competitions are an example of healthy competition. In all sports competitions there is a definitive winner. The competitions provide a way for the competitors to want to become better in their craft. This is also true when applying for jobs. People essentially compete with the other applicants to prove they have the skills and abilities to perform the job well. When people don’t get chosen for the job, it makes them figure out the areas of improvement they need to

work on and makes them want to do better so they have a better chance at the next opportunity. I don’t believe there is a formula to win. I don’t believe that people should strive to win. I believe that people should strive to be the best at what they set out to do. If they win, then they should take that as an accomplishment and realize that there is always room for improvement. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” –Denis Waitley

The writer is a communication major and member of The Clarion Call.


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Anti-rape film encourages people to take action Leah Loscar STAFF WRITER

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a reality for many U.S. veterans. But higher than the rates of PTSD among men in combat are the rates among military women who have been raped by commanders and fellow soldiers. The Clarion University V-Day Project and PASSAGES, Inc. sponsored a viewing of “The Invisible War” on Monday, April 8 in Hart Chapel to kick off this week’s series of VDay Project events. This documentary reveals the rape epidemic among soldiers in the U.S military by sharing the stories of dozens of victims. According to the Department of Defense, 3,158 cases of sexual assault were reported within the U.S. military in 2011. The DOD estimates that less than 14 percent of victims report the assault. According to the victims in the film, attacks go unreported for fear of extreme retaliation and fear of losing rank. A large portion of the problem is that the commander of the unit where the rape occurred is given final say over whether or not the claim receives further legal attention. Not only is this a conflict of interest, but these

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Ali Perrotto addresses sexual assault in the military before the viewing of “The invisible War.” commanders are untrained in legal matters. According to the DOD, of the 3,192 sexual assault reports filed in 2011, “only 1,518 of those reports led to referrals for possible disciplinary action, and only 191 military members were convicted at courts-martial.” Commanders often hinder legal action in an attempt to uphold the esteemed reputation of the U.S. military. Victims are left to deal with a host of medical and psychological issues with no justice

and no compensation from the military. Victims in the film reported being accused of lying or being blamed for the crime. The film showed military anti-rape ads that place responsibility on the woman, aiming to teach women how not to get raped. “You can tell a woman how not to get raped until you’re blue in the face. But how about we tell men not to rape them?” said Kiyomi Knox, a Clarion University student involved with the V-Day Project.

While many female victims are highlighted in “The Invisible War,” the film acknowledges that men are also the victims of these violent sexual crimes. The military began recognizing this rape epidemic in 2005. “More women are standing up and saying, ‘We’re not taking this anymore,’” said Enid Melendez, who works for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. “It takes looking at a lot of different things

‘Freshman Leadership Challenge’ helps students get involved, take active roles Kyra Ammon STAFF WRITER

The Freshman Leadership Challenge is a way for freshman students at Clarion University to get involved and set themselves up for success both in their college lives as well as life in the professional world after graduation. The program was held on Sunday April 7 in Gemmell 250/252. Steve Cutter, senior secondary education social studies major with a minor in business administration, organized the program as part of his internship in the Center for Leadership and Involvement. This was the event’s pilot program, and it is expected to occur each year from now on. In the future, the Center for Leadership and Involvement will try to develop the program to something that will encompass more people. The Freshmen Leadership Challenge at Clarion University is based on a model set by founders Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, who have been researching leadership for more than 30 years. They used their findings to develop the Leadership

Challenge model, as well as to write several books and a 360-degree leadership behavior questionnaire called the Leadership Practices Inventory, and have been featured in many magazines and journals for being influential thinkers. This version of the Leadership Challenge has been adopted for campus life. It features five practices of exemplary leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Cutter and a few friends who assisted touched briefly on each of these practices, and then expanded on them one by one through interactive activities with the participants. These included role play, cooperation, puzzle-making and others. Participants were given a folder with different handouts, including a sheet with the five practices, as well as a notebook in which they could write about what they learned. After Cutter introduced himself at the start of the event, he asked participants to do the same and state what involvement they have on campus or

what leadership positions they hope to gain. Students were involved in organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ and the University Activities Board. Cutter was accompanied by two other student speakers who are prevalent leaders in the Clarion University community. They talked about each leadership qualities and worked on the idea of goal achievement with the participants. Jeff Turek has high hopes for those who get involved in the Leadership Challenge. He said that he wants participants to “be able to walk out of here and be able to get involved here on campus.” “We want to show them that there’s more to do than just go to class or go to the gym. We want to get them to stay on the weekends,” said Turek. “I feel like if there was a program like this my first year, I would have been more involved.” “We wanted to come up with a program that would be suitable for all freshmen to participate in,” said Kelly Ryan, Assistant Director of the Center for Leadership and Involvement. She assisted Cutter in his proj-

ect. “It’s very involvement-focused.” For students who want to be a leader, Cutter said that even starting small is still a good start. “Take on a role. Even if it’s a small role, like fundraising chair,” he said. From there, a student can expand his or her ideas for leadership or starting a program. “See who can help. Find out how to do promotion. It sets you up so you don’t go in blinded,” Cutter said. He also advised using the help of friends for getting publicity for an organization or event. Have them share responsibilities. Cutter says that it is also important for group members to be interested and invested in the organization. “You probably have been in a team situation where it’s not fun, because everyone is doing the bare minimum. It’s sluggish,” he said. His advice, as well as the examples, set up by the model itself, will serve as guidance to the freshmen who participated and will continue to do so in the following years as the Freshman Leadership Program expands.

in order to make true change happen,” said Ali Perrotto, who works for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Not only must the military judicial system address how it deals with rape cases, it must also work on preventing further rapes. “The fact that this is going on in our military culture frightens me as a potential recruit,” said Clarion University freshman Sarah Eichenlaub. She said viewing “The Invisible War” and at-

tending the presentation better informed her of what to watch out for as she considers joining the military. These issues surrounding rape aren’t unique to the military. “Just as many cases go unreported in the civilian world as in the military world,” said Perrotto. The Clarion V-Day Project is a group seeking to spread awareness and gain support for a bigger global movement, V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, which aims to stop violence against women and children. The heated discussion following the film revealed angry audience members. Students are encouraged to channel this anger in support of The Clarion V-Day Project’s efforts. For those who wish to get involved, the group is sponsoring Lunafest on April 12 and “The Vagina Monologues” which run April 18, 19 and 21. Proceeds from the show support PASSAGES, Inc. and SAFE. More information about these events is available on the Clarion website. As Perrotto said, “I hope that you will walk away...with an idea of how you can make a change.” For more information about “The Invisible War” movement, visit

Honors presentation helps seniors develop confidence Amerigo Allegretto FEATURES EDITOR

Every year, the Honors Department has seniors present its research projects at the Senior Honors Presentation. This year, the presentation will take place in Carlson Library Level A on April 18 at 7 p.m. Presenting seniors collaborate with faculty advisers to explore different aspects of each student’s respective major with students taking the initiative in doing their work. “They represent research designs that explore fields such as business, communication, education, science and psychology,” says Hallie Savage, program director of the honors department. “The caliber of research projects is roughly equivalent to graduate school research.” Seniors choose topics within their major. After putting together academic research into a portfolio, presenters demonstrate their research. Savage says the goal for these presentations is for seniors to gain confidence on the professional level through them. She also says the most important aspect of these presentations is “the ability to design and execute a project and then present to an interdisciplinary audience.” “It is very challenging and demanding for our students,” says Savage.

“Our goal is that they achieve professional confidence through this learning experience.” One presenting senior, Madison Sewell, will be presenting on implementing integrated marketing communication into a business and the benefits it has for the company and client. She said it’s also “a great way to demonstrate how the honors program is benefiting students in their quest after receiving their college degree.” She has advice for future presenting seniors. “Be diligent in your work and find a topic that truly interests you,” said Sewell. “While it may seem like a lot of work now, it will definitely benefit you in your future job search and set you apart from the crowd.” “Find a topic that you love but one which is also challenging,” says Joan Cullen, another presenter. “You will feel much more satisfaction when you complete your project.” Cullen’s project is on DNA mapping of the genomes of strains of bacteria from the Clarion River which demonstrate antibiotic resistance. She also says seniors should start their research early. Savage also has advice for future presenters. “This capstone represents the culmination of all your undergraduate work. Enjoy sharing it with the university community,” she said.

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Relay for Life raises money for cancer research Emily Miller

Kate Shields, member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, along with her sisters, support their philanthropy the ZTA Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education throughout the year, and came out to the relay for added support. “It’s not just about fighting breast cancer,” Shields explained. “It’s about fighting all types of cancer. We need to find a cure, and we’re here to help with that.”

Even though many of the participants for the relay came with an organization, there were also some students walking in honor of a loved one who passed away at the hands of cancer. Junior student Bridget Shepard, participated in the relay for her third year in a row. Shepard walked laps around the track for her mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer when Shepard was three years old.

“To me, Relay is very important. I feel like I need to do relay because it makes me feel like I’m doing something for my mom, and I also do relay for the cause,” Shepard said. “I would encourage anybody to come out and support relay. Even if you don’t have a family member that passed away or survived from any type of cancer, come out and support your friends. If I was in relay and I didn’t have any of

my friends here, I would be a wreck. To have my friends and their support no matter what gets me through.” During time spent at the event, students were encouraged both to walk and to participate in activities throughout the 24-hour-period. This year’s activities included the Hip Hop Team teaching routines to students, a dance party, four-on-four basketball and a musical chair scav-

enger hunt. The relay ended with the closing ceremony, along with the reveal of the total amount of money raised. The committee had a goal of $25,000, and surpassed that goal by reaching around $26,000 so far. Brittany Hudson, one of the three co-chairs of the relay committee, explained that there isn’t just one thing that made this year’s event a success. “We as the committee are the ones that run the entire event, get materials donated to us, recruit team captains to put teams together and much more,” Hudson said. “If it wasn’t for our awesome committee this year and for our Relay for Life representative Jessica Carbaugh, we wouldn’t have been able to pull this event together.” Although CU’s relay committee surpassed its goal, donations are still being taken. For more information on donating money, contact Brittany Hudson at All proceeds from the donations go to the American Cancer Society.






Science takes another leap forward on this day in 1988, as Harvard University patents an engineered mouse. Two scientists, Dr. Philip Leder and Dr. Timothy A. Stewart, isolated a gene that causes cancer in numerous mammals and injected it into fertilized mouse eggs. This created a new breed of genetically altered mice. This advancement created a new means of testing chemicals and other products in a more efficient way and provided deeper research in cancer treatment.

On this day in 1997, a hockey legend takes a bow, as Pittsburgh Penguin forward Mario Lemieux plays his last regular season NHL game before his first retirement. Although Lemieux didn’t score any goals that game against the Boston Bruins, he had two assists. He would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later that year. However, Lemieux would return to play for the Penguins in late 2000, where he scored 76 goals in 43 games, showing his shooting skills had not disappeared.

Air traffic is closed in Northern Norway on this day in 2010, after ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano drifts towards Europe. The eruptions from the ice cap-covered volcano caused air traffic to be closed for a week, with the ash clouds reaching other European countries. About five million travelers were stranded across the globe, and air travel services suffered financial losses, with some saying this interruption in air travel was more disruptive than during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Baseball honors a pioneer and a legend by initiating a tradition on this day in 2004, by celebrating the inaugural “Jackie Robinson Day.” On this day, all MLB baseballs bore Robinson’s jersey number 42 on them. The reason why this day was chosen is because Robinson made his major league debut on this day in 1947, bringing down the color barrier in professional baseball. It was also on this day in 1997 that Robinson’s jersey number 42 was retired.

On this day on 2011 in Egypt, the court orders that former president Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party, the National Democratic Party, be dissolved, its assets to be handed over to the government. This follows the ousting of the former president after protests earlier in the year which led to the Egyptian Revolution. Some former members of the defunct party went on to form the Coalition of the People’s Representatives, which is trying to form a new political party called the Egyptian Street Party.


In today’s world, there is a good possibility that most people have been affected by cancer. Whether a family member, a friend or acquaintance has been diagnosed, cancer is everywhere. Cancer doesn’t care about race, gender, age, or social status. Cancer can affect anyone, anywhere, at anytime. From 8 a.m. Friday, April 5 until 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, Clarion University helped the fight for the cure for cancer by hosting its 10th annual Relay for Life at the Student Recreation Center. The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, according to, and is celebrating its 100th birthday. In more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, the Relay continues to raise money to help in the fight against cancer. This year, CU’s Relay for Life was headed by a 20 member committee and consisted of 26 teams. Ranging from academic to Greek organizations, Clarion’s relay teams came together all for the cause.

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Students walk laps in support of cancer research in the 10th Annual Relay for Life.

This week in history: April 11-16 Amerigo Allegretto FEATURES EDITOR

4/11 In France, a controversial law went into order on this day in 2011, which bars people from wearing burkas and hijabs. According France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, the law is meant to protect women from being forced to cover up their faces and to uphold the secular values France has. Protests followed, including one where several veiled women protested outside the Notre Dame de Paris on the same day the law went into effect.


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Allies presents second Drag Talent Show Jen Schwartz STAFF WRITER

There will be only one event this year where half a playing card is presented as a door prize, poker chips adorn the tables and women walk around with beards and men in high heels and pantyhose. Clarion Allies hosted a Drag Talent Show on Friday, April 5 in the Gemmell MultiPurpose Room. It featured a casino theme, throughout an evening of drag, prizes and various talents. Hosted by Larry Weigner and Zach Rosen, the second annual Drag Talent Show featured several contestants performing talents such as standup comedy, singing and acting, all while dressed in drag. Although it was not required for attendees to dress in drag, many members of the audience did their part to dress as the opposite sex as well. The performances began with a poetry reading by Allison Lashinsky. Her poem spoke of dealing with anxieties and people who have extreme conditions because of them. “You can’t be afraid of losing everything if you don’t love everything first,” said Lashinsky. Stand-up comedian Lizz Murr took the stage next, beginning her act by stating she was awkward, loved cats and was an English major. Murr’s jokes involved her being an

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Jared Albright and Caryn Bottles perform at Allies’ second annual Drag Talent Show in Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room. orientation leader at the school and coming out as a lesbian to her mother, at one point poking fun at the situation by saying “I’m gonna keep talking about my mom; it’s like therapy all over again.” Relevant topics such as Snapchat, riding the transit bus from Reinhard to

campus and her “guy crush” on Joseph Gordon-Levitt drew laughs from the audience. As for musical acts, the first of the night was Sodapop & Bubble Gum, a two piece electronic noise pop band comprised of Bernard Green and Destanie Armagost. The duo

performed an original song for the crowd, oozing musical influences of Crystal Castles and Sleigh Bells. Contestant Jamie Smith sang her rendition of Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself,” dressed for the role in an outfit looking much like the stylings of Lambert himself.

Andromeda Earley and Cayleigh Boniger lip-synched and acted out a scene from a musical, while Caryn Bottles performed “Thrift Shop.” Although she forgot the words to the rap halfway through her performance, she redeemed herself by busting out a few

dance moves. Jared Albright, also known as Victoria Secret, modeled, danced,and sang for the audience, dressed in perhaps the most impressive drag of the evening. His outfit included a black dress, heels, a wig and full makeup. Albright’s dance performance concluded with a guest appearance from contestant Bottles. While contestants contributed their own talent and flair to the show, the audience voted Bottles as the second annual Drag Talent Show winner for her rap/dance performance. “It was better than I expected,” said audience member Megan Opferman. “There was a lot of good talent tonight I didn’t realize the school had.” Allies presented several random winners from the audience with gift baskets, including a grand prize at the end. “Bravo to Allies, they did a very fantastic job,” said Brittany Best. “All the divas were amazing, and I can’t wait for next year.” Allies is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight students, faculty and members of the Clarion community who have come together on behalf of human rights for all individuals. Meetings are at 5 p.m. on Mondays in room 124 of Harvey Hall.

Film Club auditions production “Steam Punk” Leah Loscar STAFF WRITER

Producing a film is a long process, from the conception of the plot, to script writing, to filming and up through postproduction. The Clarion University Film Club is embarking upon such a journey, as the group held open auditions for its latest short film, “Steam Punk,” on Thursday, April 4 in room 125 of the Science and Technology Center. The term steampunk is defined as a sub-genre of sciencefiction. “Steampunk is basically the Victorian age in the future, if steam-power was still the major

source of energy... and you smashed that together with futuristic weaponry and lifestyle,” said Joe Bucci, director of “Steam Punk” and president of the Film Club. “I would classify this as a action/ fantasy film,” said Bucci. “Steam Punk,” written by Gabrielle Kashner, chronicles the lives of orphans Alek and Arabella as they grow to be the leaders of the resistance within the dystopian society in which they live. They hatch a plan to attack “The Dark Lord” who controls this oppressed society. The film’s side story tracks “The Dark Lord’s” effort to sus-

tain his power. The Film Club is taking production seriously. “For cast members, we are mainly looking for enthusiasm and work ethic,” said Bucci. While no prior acting experience was required to try out, those auditioning were asked to perform a monologue for a panel of Film Club members, including Bucci. Potential cast-members were asked about their commitment to the role as well as the dates set for filming. “The cast is big and small at the same time,” said Bucci. “There are five main characters, making the main cast small, but we need a lot of

extras and supporting roles. There is a major battle scene written into this film, so multiple extras will be needed to form this scene.” Filming will begin on April 25 and continue through the beginning of May. “As bad as we want it to be out by the end of the semester, there is just simply too much 3-D compositing and so much footage to sift through,” said Bucci. Those anticipating the release of “Steam Punk” will have to wait until next semester. If the anticipation is too much to handle, the Film Club has it covered. “Since we will have to push the re-

lease back to fall semester, teasers will be given throughout the summer on Facebook, YouTube, and pretty much any social networking site.” The Film Club is planning a red carpet premiere at Hart Chapel set for early September. “At this event cast and crew will be in full costume for meet and greets,” said Bucci. After its premiere, “Steam Punk” will be available online and hard copies of the film will be available for purchase. “All proceeds will go to the Film Club and funding of more student films,” said Bucci. If helping with the production of “Steam

Punk” sounds like fun, it’s not too late to get involved. The Film Club is still in need of extras. “No acting experience is needed to be in this film, and no film crew experience is needed to help work on this film,” said Bucci. If anyone is interested in helping, they can contact Bucci at 412-3904595. “Just being on set is fun, and we all have a blast just doing this,” said Bucci. With auditions complete and roles cast, production of “Steam Punk” is under way. “Clarion really has never seen anything like this before,” said Bucci, “and I am proud to be working on it with such a great group of people.”

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Adam Killburn, Gabbrielle Kashner and Kevin Easley sit in on the Film Club auditions for the production of “Steam Punk.”

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Filmmaker Matt Croyle speaks on latest project Amerigo Allegretto FEATURES EDITOR

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Award-winning filmmaker Matt Croyle speaks on topics in film.

UAB hosts Open Mic Night Eric Stevens STAFF WRITER

The University Activities Board hosted an open mic night in the Gemmell Student Complex that offered a variety of acoustic performances on Thursday, March 4. Performers included Tyler Lobdell, Andromeda Earley, Jordan Awan, Fred Theiss, Kyle Purnell and Hallie Gregor. Going by her stage name, “Ms. Hallie,” Gregor was the first to perform at the open mic night. She opened with a cover of the late ‘90s hit single, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. Despite covering this song, Gregor’s influences are defined by pop giants such as the Beatles, Journey, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Maroon 5. Other than covering “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, Gregor played six original songs reminiscent of 90s female singer/ songwriters and modern pop practices. Nineteen-year-old Gregor has been playing guitar since she was 15 and has a CD titled “Her Eyes Sparkle.” Gregor is working on a new album presently in her Brookville home. Senior political science major Fred Theiss was next to take the stage opening with “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty. Changing gears in his set list, Theiss played three bluegrass covers including “I’ll Stay Around” by Flatt and Scruggs, “Little Cabin Home on the Hill” by Bill Monroe and “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”

originally by Darrell Scott. The Darrell Scott song has recently come back into popularity after Brad Paisely’s cover of the song was used in the final episode of the first and second season of the TV drama “Justified.” Theiss’ main influence is Jimmy Martin, who is also known as the “King of Bluegrass.” Beyond the music, Theiss respects Martin’s sense of empathy that Martin had on stage with his audience during shows. “The charisma of bluegrass changed how I feel and sing,” Theiss said. Getting into bluegrass in high school, Theiss has been playing guitar since the third grade and also enjoys classic rock. If not for Theiss’ appearance at the open mic night, the rest of the performers would not have been able to play Theiss’ acoustic guitar for their sets. Junior communication major, Tyler Lobdell was next to perform. After playing, “Yer So Bad” by Tom Petty, Lobdell picked up the tempo. Lobdell’s covers of “Mystery Train” by Elvis Presley and “Someday” by The Strokes proved to be the most upbeat songs of the night. Junior secondary English major Andromeda Earley played a short set of three originals and a cover. Earley started off with her original “Change,” which was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King. Having a friend come up from the audience, Earley sang a duet version of “Wonderwall” by Oasis and finished with

an original titled,“Into the West.” Graduate student majoring in speech pathology Kyle Purnell also played a short set of two originals and a cover. The originals he played were written for his girlfriend with whom he has a long distance relationship. Purnell wrote one song to say “I love you” to his girlfriend for the first time after dating for three years. Purnell shared what she said after he played the song for her. She said, “Oh Kyle, that was sweet,” and then said “I love you,” a few days later. The last to play was sophomore mathematics major, Jordan Awan who played an original and cover to end the night. The original he wrote his junior year of high school for a history class project. Awan had to pick a novel that had an historic context and create something based on that novel, prompting Awan to write a song despite not having written many songs before. Collaborating with his father, Awan was able to smooth out the edges to the song. Awan’s last song was “Porcupine Tree” by progressive rock band Lazarus. Despite playing acoustic, Awan’s preferred instrument is the piano, which he started playing in third grade, and the bass. The University Activities Board hosts an open mic night the first Thursday of every month in the lower level of the Gemmell Student Complex.

Clarion University alumnus and filmmaker Matt Croyle visited his alma mater on Tuesday, April 9 at Hart Chapel to discuss his latest cinema work, his life in film and encouraging rising artists. Croyle, a speech communications and theater major who graduated in 2000, is working on his latest project, titled “Potential Inertia,” which was filmed entirely in Western Pennsylvania. He has worked with famous people like Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogan, Anne Hathaway and Kevin Smith and was nominated for a Kennedy Center/ATCF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship in Clarion’s production of Jones and Schmidt’s “Celebration” for his portrayal of the character Orphan. Croyle began by showing a trailer for “Potential Inertia,” which deals with loss, a recurring topic in the talk. Shooting began in July 2012 and took place in Venango County. He then shared his philosophy on filming, based on his experiences after graduating from Clarion. “Whether it be composing music, writing a short story, making a film or any other type of creative endeavor, the artistic mind is a very interesting thing,” said Croyle. “Just like a body’s need to consume food and water, the heart to beat, the need for warmth or the lungs to breathe, the artist has an involuntary need to create.” Croyle said that everyone has the ability to create and tell a story, which is what great art is. He encourages everyone to explore his or

her own story. Croyle also said though that life as an artist is not an easy one. “Do not drop your finance major and just go and be an artist, especially financially,” said Croyle. “Now maybe right after high school or college, you get a job doing some stuff and make enough money to support yourself, you might be able to create art for the rest of your life.” Croyle considers himself a writer more than anything else and doesn’t do stage anymore. He attributes this to feeling uncomfortable in front of live audiences, which is due to failed relationships. He said that writers are intimidated by lacking knowledge. The cliche for writers is to write what they know, which Croyle said is true. However, he also quoted Dave Grohl in saying that there is no right or wrong answer in writing, just the writer’s voice. “If you don’t understand something, do not be embarrassed about it. There are always going to be people more intelligent than you, there are always going to be people less intelligent than you and there are always going to be very different aspects of intelligence,” said Croyle. Croyle asked for a show of hands of people who have lost something in their lives (article of clothing, family member, etc.) Many raised hands, which led Croyle to talk about how his writing is influenced by losses in his life. He then read a short story he wrote to illustrate this, called “The Journey Home.” After intermission, Croyle focused on the web series

that have been appearing in modern times, and how he is annoyed by them. “I appreciate their creativity, however, it seems like the web series has become a ‘fallback’ genre for people who aren’t getting the work that they really want to do,” said Croyle. He pointed out how most web series don’t seem to understand how storytelling works. “Most web series I see are just chopped up segments of one greater piece of work, instead of being a series,” said Croyle. Croyle however said he wasn’t out to diminish them. He himself filmed and produced “Monster,” a six-part web series that won him Outstanding Acheivement in Cinematography in a Mockumentary Series at the 2012 Los Angeles Web Series Festival. “Monster” also deals with the subject of loss. Croyle wrote it as a way of expressing his feeling after a breakup. The series finale was played at the presentation. After another intermission, Croyle talked about “Potential Inertia.” He showed three clips of the film, two of them flashbacks of the main character’s life shot in blackand-white, and the other in present time shot in color. Croyle closed by reiterating what he said earlier about encouraging artists to find their story. “If you are passionate about something, pursue it, because there is honor in the fact that you are passionate about it, and you don’t need permission from anybody but yourself,” said Croyle.

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Clarion tennis team continues to str uggle Jazzmonde James STAFF WRITER

The Golden Eagles women’s tennis team fought hard, but it just wasn’t good enough to get a win. Last Thursday, March 4, the Golden Eagles took on Allegheny College and lost all but one match as Allegheny won 8-1. Senior Michaela Hardy was the only Clarion player to win a match. Hardy de f e a te d Mi kae la Pope 7 - 2 in s i ngl es com peti tion. Over the weekend, the women’s tennis team played against Edinboro University. In this match the women didn’t play well, losing 7-2. The players who did win their matches were junior Claire Kerstetter in the singles competition and in the double competition Michaela Hardy and Jessica Kennelly. They won this compe-

tion by default because Edinboro didn’t have a player to play. There were a couple players who came close to winning their matches, such as sophomore Madeline Robinson who was playing against Ryanne’ Baldwin. She almost defeated Baldwin in their first match with a score of 7-6, but after that Baldwin won the overall match between them. The rest of the matches Edinboro had six or seven points against the Golden Eagles. On Tuesday, Clarion played against Indiana University and lost 9-0. The Golden Eagles didn’t have a chance this game. Indiana didn’t give the Golden Eagles a chance to win any matches. Most of the matches were won 6-0 or 6-2. At No. 1, sophomore Lauren Zezenski lost to Katie Eaton 6-1, 6-1 in

the single competion and in the doubles competition, sopomores Megan Bettwy and Caitlin Clemons were defeated by Eaton and Erika Schnaas, 8-0. Although the season didn’t go as planned, the Golden Eagles can use the rest of the season to prepare for next year. On the season so far they have only defeated three teams and lost to seven overall and 0-3 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. So as the season is winding down, they have three games left, with the next one being Wednesday at Slippery Rock University at 3:30 p.m. The last two matches are in Clarion against Saint Vincent University and West Virginia State University. T h e Golde n E agle s ar e h opi n g to ge t th e se last th r e e w i n s an d e n d th e se ason on a good n ote .

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Clarion baseball drops its record to 1-23 after dropping six straight Eddie McDonald STAFF WRITER

The phrase “when it rains, it pours” could not be more applicable than it is to the Clarion University baseball team as it fell to 1-23 on the season. The Golden Eagles played four games against California University of Pennsylvania in two days, and then traveled to Point Park University three days later. In the first two meetings with California, Clarion was unable to score a run losing 8-0 in game one and 4-0 in game two. The Golden Eagles had just two hits in the game, coming from sophomore Drew Pirritano and freshman Jordan Mesoraco. In the nightcap, Clarion got a solid pitching performance from freshman Tyler Delval. He went 5.1 innings pitched, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out one. Clarion had seven hits in

the game, all singles. Pirritano picked up another hit. Joining Pirritano with hits were senior Bill Hasson, junior Jon Roncolato, sophomores Brett Sutika and Ben Thomas and freshmen Joey Lopez and Joey Gierlak. The next day Clarion traveled back down to California University to play the Vulcans, and it didn’t see better results as it dropped the pair of games 9-2 and 4-1. Hasson had a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Clarion closed the gap to 4-2 after an RBI single from Roncolato, scoring freshman Mike Lockhart. California added five more runs before the game was over and scored in every inning. In the nightcap, California led the Golden Eagles 2-0 until the top of the seventh when it added two more runs. Clarion got its lone run

off an RBI single from Sutika, driving in Lopez. Clarion traveled to Point Park on Tuesday, April 9 and dropped both games by scores of 14-2 and 6-0. In game one, Point Park scored in every inning while Clarion only scored in the sixth and seventh innings. Pirritano went 2-4 with a run scored while teammate Lockhart went 2-3 and a run scored. The nightcap saw senior Shane Sullivan take the loss. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, walking a pair and striking out a pair. Junior Sam Skraba pitched 1 1/3 inning in relief giving up an earned run on two hits while striking out two. Clarion will return to the diamond on Friday, April 12 when it travels to Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

FACE OFF Should collegiate athletes get paid? John Owens


With the scandal at Auburn breaking last week regarding the payment of some former college athletes, once again we must ask the question, should we pay college athletes? First, let me be clear, we’re talking about Division I college athletes at universities that produce big-time athletic revenue. We’re talking about paying all of them the same amount, and what we’re talking about is not an excessive amount of money. If that is the case, then the answer is yes, they need to open up their checkbooks and pay up. I’m not going to spend this column getting into the intricacies of Title 9, NCAA regulations or anything like that, I simply don’t have the space or expertise to cover those intricacies in detail. Rather, I’m just going to tell you a few reasons why these athletes deserve to get paid. Take a moment and think about your typical college student; a non-athlete, who does a decent job academically. I’d venture to guess that they have some scholarship money they’re getting and a job on campus. It certainly is not a lot, but it’s a few bucks to have for spending money here and there. Now, think about an athlete. I know of instances on this campus in which athletes have struggled to hold employment because of the rigor of their training and their academic work. Imagine how hard it would be for them to do that if they were playing Division I where they are traveling on the weekends across the country for games and losing out on a month of class because they make a run to the Final Four. They also spend their whole summer training for the season ahead. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying in any way to discount the efforts of those who play sports at other levels, I’m simply excluding them because I doubt most of those schools have the revenue base to pay their athletes. Most Division I schools likely have a healthy flow of income that could foot this bill. So, why should we pay these athletes? Many of them are already on scholarships and some of them will go pro and make millions. We need to pay them because it is the fair thing to do. Athletes lead to millions in dollars of income for big-time universities. Some head coaches these days are getting contracts that pay them more than the presidents of some universities. Some of those head coaches are opening up their wallets and paying athletes illegally. In order for there to truly be a level playing field in division one college athletics, in order to put an end to some of the corruption that occurs and in order to finally treat athletes appropriately, colleges need to pay up. Athletes need to no longer be treated like the coal miners of the 1800s who were prostituted for their physical abilities, but, in all other instances, hung out to dry. The free or discounted college education that many athletes receive is a wonderful thing. As is using athletics, as one of my former coaches said, “as a means to an end.” But, if there to be truly fair treatment of athletes in college, it’s about time that they begin to reap what they sow. Universities need to pay up.


One major controversy that comes up over and over again in college sports is whether or not student athletes are receiving extra incentives while attending school. Many schools have been accused of altering failing grades to passing and/or paying players to stay in school, most recently being Auburn University. Auburn is being accused of former coordinators paying football players to stay in school prior to their 2010 national championship run. If that wasn’t enough, 12 players from that championship team were also allegedly failing drug tests for synthetic marijuana. Without all that special treatment, the 2010 outcome may have been much different. The No. 1 overall pick in the NFL later that spring was Auburn’s starting quarterback Cam Newton. Some people feel that college athletes do deserve special treatment because of the extra time that is required of them for training, practicing and competition. The fact that athletes don’t receive payment is what separates college sports from professional. Athletes are playing for the love of the game, not for a contract. Another reason that college athletes shouldn’t be paid is because it would completely eliminate recruiting. Instead of college’s proving to athletes why their team is best for their future, it comes down to who can sign the largest check. If college athletes started to get paid, too many other questions would arise. For example: “Who gets paid,” “At what level does it start,” “What sport will receive the most” and “Who is going to pay.” Will only the stars get paid, or will every member on the team receive equal payment? It would be too difficult to determine what athletes deserve more than another, or at all. Will players only get paid in Division I or will Division II and Division III athletes also get paid? The argument that these athletes make money for the institution is true but so do high school athletes. If college athletes get paid, do high school athletes deserve to get paid, too? Football is arguably the most popular sport in college, so if college athletes got paid, they would receive the most. This is obviously unfair to the other sports that put in just as much time as the football team, if not more. Of these questions, the most prominent would be who exactly is going to pay the athletes? Assuming tax payers wouldn’t be willing to pay, it is inevitable that tuition rates would go up. This would make it even harder for nonathletes to receive a college education. So if no one else, besides athletes, could afford to go to school then there wouldn’t be anyone there to pay. The most important reason to why college athletes shouldn’t receive payment is because, for the most part, they are already being paid for being there. It’s called a scholarship, and in 2011, the average college student graduated with $27,000 nationally in debt, nearly $30,000 in Pennsylvania. Those athletes receiving scholarships, as long as they stay out of trouble and keep up their grades, have the possibility to receive a college degree for next to nothing and get to play the game they love for up to four more years.

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Clarion hosts third Breast Cancer Awareness Week Jacob Oberdorf STAFF WRITER

Breast cancer acts as the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. The Clarion University women’s softball team decided to take a swing at breast cancer while hosting its third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week. The team hosted a Chinese auction along with selling T-shirts with all the proceeds going to the Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital. “It was very special. I, as well as my teammates, know a lot of women affected by breast cancer, so it was nice to show them our support and play for them,” said junior Nicole Linder. During this event, the Eagles hosted two double-headers against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponents along with traveling to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to play the Crimson Hawks. On April 6, the Golden Eagles hosted Lock Haven University. Clarion dropped both games against Lock Haven, but the Eagles did not go down easily. In game one, the Eagles were led by juniors Linder and Kirsten Wilcox who went a combined 5-7 in the game including a home run from Linder, her second of the season.

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Clarion softball team hosts its third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week from April 4 until April 9. Clarion found itself trailing 7-1 in the final frame of the game before putting together a rally and loading the bases at one point in the inning. However, the Eagles fell two runs short of Lock Haven in the game. In game two, Clarion was clinging on to a one run lead before Lock Ha-

ven was rescued by two solo home runs in the same inning. The Eagles made yet another last inning rally, putting runners on first and second with no outs. However, Lock Haven’s pitcher righted the ship and finished Clarion with three straight strike outs.

Clarion places No. 7 at Cotrell Invitational Matt Catrillo STAFF WRITER

The Clarion University Golf team did not fare well in the Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational on Sunday, April 7, and Monday, April 8 hosted by West Chester University, at the Par 71 Penn Oaks Gold Club. The Golden Eagles finished last as a team, with scores of 352, 333 and 685, only good for 117 over par. Sophomore Adam Harrington led the way for Clarion with a 14th place finish, while junior Dylan Reinsel finished 19th in medal play. Harrington shot a 162, good for 20 over par, with scores of 83 and 79, and Reinsel was 22 over par with a 164, with scores of 83 and 81. Juniors Mike Pope, Nathan

Sainovich and freshman Jeff Brunozzi also participated in the tournament for the Golden Eagles. Pope finished 32nd, shooting a 176, which was 34 over par, with scores of 92 and 84, and Sainovich was 34th shooting a 185, which was 43 over par, after shooting a 94 and 91. Brunozzi disqualified his first round, but came back shooting an 89. Millersville took the team title with a score of 610, edging out the home team, West Chester with a 611. Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Pittsburgh-Johnstown University and LeMoyne College finished third through sixth respectively ahead of Clarion. The Golden Eagles will try to rebound at the Indiana Invitational on Sunday, April 14 and Monday, April 15.

Wilcox went 3-3 in game two giving her a total of six hits in her seven at bats. “I was especially proud in the first game because we scored 4 runs in the last inning, and it showed we never give up and will fight to the last out,” said Linder. “In the second game, we had

the lead for most of the game but just weren’t able to get a timely hit in the last inning. I think we really surprised people this past weekend, which is really good.” On April 7, the Eagles traveled to Indiana to take on the Crimson Hawks. The Eagles once again came out on the

wrong end of the games losing by the scores of 2-1 and 11-3. The Eagles were led by senior Amanda Gough who went a combined 4-6 with two RBIs, three runs scored, two doubles and a home run. In game one, IUP scored a run in each of the first two innings before sophomore Chelsea Zola turned the game around and pitched a gem in the final five innings. Zola let up two runs on four hits with only one coming after the second inning. The Eagles were unable to capitalize on their opportunities stranding five runners on base over the span of the game. In game two, the Hawks took it to the Eagles early and often, scoring five runs in the first inning and ended the game in six innings putting the eight-run rule into effect. Linder said she feels that these close games will go the Golden Eagles way eventually. “We just have to stay positive and keep building on the good things we are doing. Right now a lot of our hits are going straight to people, but we need to keep hitting the ball hard and eventually they’ll turn into hits. I look forward to continuing to play well and those close losses are going to turn into wins,” she said.

Track and field impresses despite weather Traesha Pritchard STAFF WRITER

Friday afternoon the Clarion University women’s track and field team traveled to Slippery Rock University for the nonscored SRU Open. Under bad weather conditions, the Golden Eagles still impressed everyone. “Overall I was very pleased with our performances as a team,” said head coach D.J. Bevevino. “The wind definitely affected anybody that had to run into the wind on the backstretch.” Freshman Kristen Belko agreed with her coach’s sentiments. “We didn’t have the best weather so everyone was happy with their performance,” said Belko. Belko and junior Megan Toddy were both Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifiers this past weekend. Toddy qualified in the stee-

plechase and Belko in the triple jump. “I was very pleased with my race Friday, and I am excited to keep practicing the steeple and hopefully improving my time by the conference meet,” said Toddy. Toddy’s wining steeplechase time was 11.47.03, which helped her qualify for PSAC. Another solid runner for the team was sophomore Anna Pfingstler. Pfingstler finished second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.83 and third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.55. Junior Allyson Cress added some first places for the Golden Eagles. She placed first in the discus and the shot put with a toss of 34.73 meters a throw of 12.30 meters. Belko took first in the high jump with 5-foot, 4-inches, placed third in the 100 meter

hurdles with a time of 15.29 seconds and second in the triple with her PSAC qualifying mark of 10.78 meters. These are Belko’s personal best times and lengths. As a whole, Toddy has been encouraged by the team’s performance this season. “I have been extremely excited about all of our performances this season.” Toddy will run the 5,000-meter race for the first time this season next Saturday. “I’m hoping for a solid time,” she said. Bevevino said the team wants to continue to see improvement while it prepares for the championship seasons in early May. “We want to have as many individuals qualified for our conference championships as possible,” said Bevevino Clarion will return to Slippery Rock University this weekend for the heptathlon meet.

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The April 11, 2013 edition of the Clarion Call, Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Student Newspaper